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2015 Iowa Wedding EXPO Runway Show ~

January 4, 2015

Creative Occasions has been working with The Gazette on the Iowa Wedding EXPO for the past six years.  What an exciting time for brides and their wedding party.  There were over 500 brides and 1,500 total attendees at the 2015 Iowa Wedding EXPO on Sunday, January 4, 2015.                  

 

As Eastern Iowa’s premier event planning and management firm, Creative Occasions was able to build a fabulous Runway Show over the past few years with the event taking place at the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Convention Center.

 

A special THANK YOU goes out to Big Ten Rental for building a 12’x56’x4’ carpeted stage, remarkable lighting with a lighted bar and dance floor and sound provided from Unique Events, décor by Spielman’s Event Services, floral by Hy-Vee Floral in Iowa City/Coralville, gorgeous tuxedos by Prince Albert Tuxedos, and beautiful bridal gowns provided by XOXO Bridal Boutique.

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Iowa Dental Laboratory Association ~

"2015 Prairieland EXPO" ~ January 9-10, 2015

Prairieland Annual EXPO

Client: Iowa Dental Laboratory Association

"Karen Woods has been our Event Planner for the Iowa Dental Laboratory Association’s annual professional meeting for the past seven years. She brings organization and flair of creativeness to our meetings. Members, attendees, exhibitors, and presenters recognize this in the professional look of our conference and the organizational flow without apparent disruption, all with a smile on her face and friendly word to share. Her diplomacy is exceptional, she has an uncanny aptitude to recognize a tough situation and work the circumstance to best fit the desired outcome in a professional and polite demeanor."

Jessica Scott, President

Iowa Dental Laboratory Association

2014 Converge Nashville Conference ~ 

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What an amazing conference for Converge Consulting!  This three day conference was enjoyed by 150 attendees.  A special THANK YOU goes out to the Sheraton Downtown Nashville for thier unbelievable customer service and Dan Kempf from Impact Photo who took great shots of the meeting.    

 

Loved working with Converge!

Midwest Dental Laboratory Association ~

"2014 Northland Exhibition"

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Creative Occasions was happy to work with the Midwest Laboratory Association this year.  We were able to work closely with the MDLA President on membership mailings, exhibitors, speakers, and attendees being a state away.

 

What a great team from the MDLA!

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Cedar Rapids Ladies Night Out

Creative Occasions was happy to work with The Gazette in Cedar Rapids on the 2014 Ladies Night Out EXPO.  Attendees were able to visit and shop with local exhibitors, enjoy workshops, and pamper themselves as a VIP at a reception where local Chef Nazim Khan, CEC at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel put together a demonstration of Tomato & Pepper Gazpacho, Beef Empanada and Smoked Trout Mousse in Cucumbers.  It was delicious and such a pleasure working with him!

2014 Philadelphia Converge Inbound Marketing Conference ~ August 4-6, 2014                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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Let Creative Occasions find a venue for your next meeting!  From creating the Request For Proposal (RFP) and sending it out to many hotels in the area, to setting up the site visit for you, to planning the menus and audio/visual, we can do it all.  

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Meet with Creative Occasions and let them do the planning and execution of your next Social Celebration.  Call today!

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Retirement EXPO, Retirement Living

EXPO ~ June 13, 2014

Creative Occasions can help execute your next trade show with exceptional planning and communication with local vendors in bringing this all together for you.  They can build a seminar or workshop schedule, work with the presenters and bring together the course information to help you promote the event.

 

Thank you to The Gazette for the partnership in 2014!  What a great client to work with!

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MercyCare Prairie Creek Clinic Groundbreaking Ceremony ~ September 17, 2015

Dodging weather, we successfully orchestrated the ground breaking festivities for the official groundbreaking of MercyCare Prairie Creek, located just East of Kirkwood Community College, in Cedar Rapids, IA.  To see an artist’s rendition of the future site, click on this LINK.

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2015 Farm Progress Show ~ August 31, 2015

Hotel and restaurant reservations booked!  Thank you to the team at  AMVAC Chemical Corporation for allowing Creative Occasions to help plan your 2015 Farm Progress Show event logistics.  Excited to be part of the 2016 Commodity Classic in New Orleans!

What a beautiful location and host for a conference.  Thank you to the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa staff for a beautiful visit.  Can’t wait for the upcoming announcement!

Palm Springs Site Visit for 2017 Tradeshow ~

August 24, 2015

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Creative Occasions organized and provided day-of event management for a Mercy Medical Center Groundbreaking Ceremony on August 5, 2015.  The new medical park will be located at 1195 Boyson Road in Hiawatha, Iowa.

Mercy Hiawatha Medical Park ~ August 4, 2015

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It was a pleasure working with Rapid Crush, Inc. on conference logistics for their three-day conference.  From event deliverables to meeting management, we were able to deliver a successful series of meetings!  A special thank you to the Cedar Rapids Marriott, Color Web Printing, delicious food by LJ’s Catering, photography by Dan Kempf, and music by Drew Hurn.

2015 Traffic Intensive Meeting ~ May 7-9, 2015

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So happy to help organize the 40th Annual Midwest Dental Laboratory Association (MDLA) 2015 Northland Exhibition at the Treasure Island Casino & Resort, in Welch, Minnesota. The MDLA is an organization comprised of laboratories, individual technicians, and product & service suppliers from Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and  Wisconsin.  Creative Occasions was able to provide full event coordination and

management with over 200 attendees; including presenters and exhibitors.

Midwest Dental Laboratory Association ~ "2015 Northland Exhibition" ~ October 2-3, 2015

What a beautiful setting for the 2015 Employee 5 Year Anniversary Celebration.  Over 90 guests from Evans Enterprises enjoyed a very elegant night at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 4th Floor Ballroom, overlooking the Cedar River.  A special thank you goes out to Covington & Company for the stunning décor, Winifred’s Catering for the delicious cuisine, and Pete Hagstrom for an evening filled with great music.

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Creative Occasions worked with Converge Consulting preparing their 2nd Annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 20-23, 2015, at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel.

 

“Our experience with Karen Woods has been outstanding.  Her professionalism, attention to detail and ability to trouble shoot any unexpected problems makes her a treat to work with.  Karen also has an innate ability to make every person at your company and guest at your event feel welcome.  We have worked with Karen for several years on really big events and we couldn't have pulled them off without her.”  - Ann Oleson, CEO/Founder

 

So looking forward to planning the 2017 Palm Springs Conference at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Spa & Resort!

2015 Converge New Orleans Conference at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel on October 20-23, 2015

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Woods-Jamison Wedding ~ November 28, 2015

Congratulations Caleb & Shelby Jamison!  Creative Occasions feels so blessed and overwhelmed by the beautiful wedding of her daughter and son-in-law.  A special thank you for this labor of love to all of my friends/vendors who made the rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, and wedding reception a reality:  Town or Country, Event Design & Coordination (Brenda Strief), Prince Albert Tuxedos, Hannah White Photography, XOXO Bridal, Unique Events, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winifred's Catering, Tip Top Cakes, Hy-Vee Floral, Zephyr Weddings, Bright Designs, Dolly's Party Bus, American Popcorn Company, Bedazzle Bonbons, Edge Salon (Linda Hunt), 100% Pure Pro & Salon, and the DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Complex.

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Airport Shuttle Service ~ December 18, 2015

Merry Christmas to one of my first customers, Mick and Laura Green. Gift baskets were created, built and delivered by Creative Occasions.  So fun to be a part of your holiday gift giving for the past 9 years!

Thank you for allowing Creative Occasions to plan and be a part of your open house celebration.  Over 500 people attended the blessing of the facility and ribbon cutting.  The Family Caregivers Center of Mercy is Eastern Iowa’s most comprehensive organization for family caregivers.  What a terrific resource for our community!

Family Caregivers Center of Mercy ~  December 17, 2015

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2015 Greater Peoria Farm Show ~ December 1-3, 2015

Creative Occasions was happy to be part of the 2015 Greater Peoria Farm Show booking accommodations for Team Amvac Chemical.

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2016 Dancing with the Saints! ~ January 16, 2016

What a fun evening of fine dining and great dancing at the Cedar Rapids Marriott on Saturday, January 16, 2016.  Xavier High School was the host of the 1st Annual Dancing with the Saints fundraising event.  Jeff Henderson and Liz Mathis were the Emcees for the evening and the judges were Scott Saville, Micki Schiling Feldmann, and Chuck Long.    Congratulations to all of the dancers on bringing this event together! Hope you can join us for the 2nd Annual Dancing with the Saints event on Saturday, January 14, 2017.

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2016 Iowa Power Farming Show ~

February 2-4, 2016 in Johnston, Iowa 

Amvac Chemical was part of the 2016 Iowa Power Farming Show in Johnston, Iowa.  Creative Occasions was able to book all of their hotel accommodations and schedule their annual Corn Meeting at the DoubleTree by Hilton Des Moines Airport.  What a successful meeting!

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2016 National Farm Machinery Show ~

February 9-14, 2016

Thank you Amvac Chemical for allowing Creative Occasions to work with your Sales Team on the 2016 National Farm Machinery Show held in Louisville, Kentucky.

2016 Commodity Classic ~ March 3 - 5, 2016

Thank you to The Creative Gene for hiring Creative Occasions to help assist with the 2016 Commodity Classic on March 3-5, in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Hotel accommodations were booked at the Crowne Plaza French Quarter and meetings were scheduled  at the Palace Café for the management team.

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Evans Enterprises 5+ Year Employee Anniversary Celebration ~ October 20, 2016

Thank you to The Creative Gene for hiring Creative Occasions to help assist with the 2016 Commodity Classic on March 3-5, in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Hotel accommodations were booked at the Crowne Plaza French Quarter and meetings were scheduled  at the Palace Café for the management team.

Mercy Medical Center “Care To Dance”

~ October 13, 2016

The Family Caregivers Center of Mercy hosted an evening of music and dance at the “Care to Dance” fundraising event on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center. The St. Louis Big Band featuring an 18-piece big band performed swing and hot jazz from the 1930s and 1940s.

 

Creative Occasions would like to thank Tim Charles, President & CEO at Mercy Medical Center, Kathy Good, Director of the Family Caregivers Center of Mercy, and Sue Hawn, President of the Mercy Foundation for allowing them to be a part of the great celebration!

A special thank you goes out to Justin Roberts, Master of Ceremonies from KGAN for making the event so enjoyable!

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Mercy Medical Center “Power Of Pink”

~ October 6, 2016

Mercy Medical Center and Alliant Energy joined forces to light the night pink on Thursday, October 6, 2017 at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center. The Power of Pink event is an event to kickoff National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Creative Occasions was happy to be able to work with the Mercy team to bring an evening of fun followed by a lighting ceremony and giveaways to promote awareness and early detection.

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MDLA Northland Exhibition “41st Annual Conference”

~ September 23-24, 2016

Thank you to the Midwest Dental Laboratory Association for allowing Creative Occasions the opportunity to plan their 41st Annual Northland Exhibition.  Creative Occasions has been working with the MDLA and IDLA for nine years by organizing the Annual Northland Exhibition, Annual Golf Outings, Annual Membership Mailings, and Quarterly Educational Meetings.

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2016 Farm Progress Show, Boone, IA

~ August 30–September 1, 2016

Creative Occasions worked directly with Amvac Chemical on the 2016 Farm Progress Show by booking hotel accommodations along with dinner engagements with potential clients.

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DuPont 25th Anniversary “Family Picnic”

~ August 13, 2016

Celebrating 25 Years . . . DuPont employees and families enjoyed "Movie Night" at the ballpark on Saturday, August 13, 2016. Over 150 attended the family fun with a balloon artist, face painting, inflatables, ballpark food, and the movie Sandlot was shown on the jumbo screen.

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DuPont 25th Anniversary "Employee Week"

~ July 18-22, 2016

A special celebration took place the week of July 18-22, 2016 at DuPont as employees enjoyed a Belgian Waffle Breakfast, Gifts, a Luncheon Buffet with Steak Sandwiches, and an Ice Cream Station with 25 different toppings. Thank you to Dan Kempf, Kevin Burt, Sarah Clark at Zephyr Weddings, Take the Cake Cupcake, and Winifred's Catering for bringing this all together!

DuPont 25th Anniversary "Employee Week"

~ July 18-22, 2016

A special celebration took place the week of July 18-22, 2016 at DuPont as employees enjoyed a Belgian Waffle Breakfast, Gifts, a Luncheon Buffet with Steak Sandwiches, and an Ice Cream Station with 25 different toppings. Thank you to Dan Kempf, Kevin Burt, Sarah Clark at Zephyr Weddings, Take the Cake Cupcake, and Winifred's Catering for bringing this all together!

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Mercy Medical Center 1st Anniversary for The Family Caregivers Center Of Mercy ~ December 14, 2016

Happy 1st Anniversary to The Family Caregivers Center of Mercy.  A “stop in and visit” with Kathy Good and the volunteer coaches in the community, along with food and music was held at this community treasure (901 8th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids) for the care givers of Alzheimers and dementia stricken loved ones.  A special thanks goes out to Mercy Medical Center for hiring Creative Occasions!

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Cost Cutters 2018 Super Sunday ~ March 4, 2018

Creative Occasions would like to thank the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library for a great event on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Over 250 employees from Cost Cutters enjoyed a great day of education with speaker Alicia Rainwater, a delicious luncheon prepared by Winifred's Catering, and the personal touches from Bethany Freeman at NCSM. A special thank you goes out to Sarah Clark with Zephyr Weddings for preparing the invitations and communication pieces for the day! Great job to Shelby Jamison for your hard work on the event!

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Adeline Marie Jamison ~ December 22, 2017

Event planning is such a beautiful profession!  Creative Occasions was able to plan a special baptism celebration with Father Dennis Quint and Adeline Marie Jamison on Saturday, December 22, 2017.  The day was so special with family but having your granddaughter wear your wedding dress was priceless!  What a wonderful surprise for my daughter!

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Airport Shuttle ~ December 2017

Another year of deliveries . . . a special THANK YOU goes out to Airport Shuttle for allowing Creative Occasions to be a part of their gift giving to their employees and customers again this year during the holiday season.

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Rapid Crush Cabo Meeting ~ December 2017

Creative Occasions worked closely with Rapid Crush and provided table tents and name badges for their December 2017 Cabo Meeting.

A special 9 year old birthday celebration! ~

December 1, 2017

Twelve young girls enjoyed a gymnastics party for Lucy!  The party took place on Friday, December 1st at Life Time Fitness in Des Moines, Iowa.  The girls had an hour of gymnastics with a trainer, celebrated with Lucy, and made their own colored pillow cases.  What a fun day!

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Celebrating 50 Years of Bliss! ~ December 23, 2017

Everett & Krista Krug celebrated 50 years of Marriage with an Open House at their home on Saturday, December 23, 2017.  Over 100 guests stopped in for hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast for the beautiful couple.

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Evans Enterprises Celebrates Milestone Anniversaries ~ October 19, 2017

What a beautiful venue for a special group of employees from Evans Enterprises.  Employees celebrating over 5 years of service enjoyed dinner and a great night of recognition at the Eastbank Venue & Lounge located in the iconic Smulekoff’s building in downtown Cedar Rapids.  Thank you goes out to Mary & Joni Evans for a beautiful evening!

MDLA Northland Exhibition “42nd Annual Conference” ~ September 29-30, 2017

Creative Occasions had the opportunity to plan the 2017 Northland Exhibition at the Treasure Island Casino & Resort in Welch, Minnesota.  Creative Occasions has been working with the association for over 10 years and has taken care of all of the conferences, membership dues, quarterly board meetings, and golf tournaments.  They enjoy working with the Exhibitors, Presenters, Sponsors, Members, and all attendees.

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A special day for a special couple! ~ September 23, 2017

On Saturday, September 23, 2017 Dr. & Mrs. Murtha gave away their beautiful daughter, Jennifer.  Creative Occasions was hired as a day-of-coordinator and made the day extra special for all of the guests.

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Private Dinner Party enjoyed by Ann & Jay! ~

August 27, 2017

Creative Occasions decorated and worked with Ann & Jay on a private dinner party.  The celebration was enjoyed by six couples in the clients back yard.  What a beautiful day!

Mercy's Hiawatha Medical Park Celebrates Ribbon Cutting Ceremony ~ July 21, 2017

Mercy Medical Center and Wolfe Eye Clinic, together with the City of Hiawatha, celebrated the opening of the new facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony, tours, and a picnic on Friday, July 21, 2017.

 

The three-story, 60,000 square foot medical facility is located at 1195 Boyson Road and is currently home to Mercy's new outpatient surgery center.

 

The Hiawatha Medical Park consists of three separate components. The third floor of the building is the site of Mercy's new outpatient surgery center, where eye surgeries are performed. Included on that floor are 11 pre-op and post-op rooms and two operating rooms, with additional space for the future. The second floor is home to Wolfe Eye Clinic, offering multi-subspeciality medical and surgical eye care. The building's first floor is scheduled to open later this year as an extension of Mercy's clinic services. Those services will include an Urgent Care, pharmacy, imaging and lab.

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